The Fred Hersch Trio + 2: The Fred Hersch Trio + 2 (2004)
Hersch’s aptitude for ballad playing is displayed on the single standard "And I Love Her" where the pianist injects a bit of abstraction in his playing. "A Lark" is a thoughtful consideration, highlighting Mr. Hersch’s exquisite touch and command as a bandleader. His ensemble supports him perfectly as he does his ensemble. Longtime associates bassist Drew Guess and drummer Nasheet Waits provide a pliable bedrock for the trio, on which guests Alessi and Malaby are allowed to stand.
Described as "robust" and "romantic," Mr. Hersch has created in the last number of years an airtight trio that acts as the vehicle for his carefully considered jazz vision. A ballad player par excellence, Mr. Hersch has distinguished himself as a Bill Evans-inspired pianist whose personal style is unique and intelligent. The Fred Hersch Trio + 2 represents the further artistic exploration characteristic of such a master.
Track Listing: A Riddle Song; And I Love Her; Miss B. Black Dong Pays A Visit; A Lark; Down Home; Rain Waltz; Marshall
Personnel: Fred Hersch
Record Label: Palmetto Records